A Defence of the Faith

A Defence of the Faith

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...of their philosophies. His mathematical studies gave their influence to his whole mental character, limiting, and almost incapacitating him for the discovery of truth in any other sphere. His greatness as a man of science is the measure and correlative of his weakness as a moral philosopher. Fortunately his redundant style, his diffuseness, and his recapitulations, render him the most tedious of writers. His works baffle and triumph over the most energetic Duiiand student; even when translated and condensed, and dressed, te for English taste, no drearier book ever issued from the press. His system, so fantastic, and yet so pretentious, so shallow and yet so complicated, has for its crowning inconsistency that, while it is nothing else but a cold dead atheism, its author provides a catechism for the worship of the goddess Humanity, consisting of all worthy men and women and domestic animals after death.1 His 1 " The theological world cannot hut belief as a transient state of the human hate a book which treats of theological mind."--Miss Martineau, pref. p. 13. scheme, which is carefully elaborated, looks like a phase of insanity. In his own practice, as related by the most zealous and intelligent of his disciples, it assumed a form so grotesque and loathsome that it would disgrace a savage in the South Seas. The doctrine of materialism has lately been presented among ourselves in a form which, if it were likely to find acceptance, would go far to demoralise both science and Darwin. literature. Among naturalists, Mr. Darwin maintains that all species have originated by a process of natural selection, producing a result analogous to the improvement of breed in domestic animals; the struggle for existence, in the one case, taking the same...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236585844
  • 9781236585844